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Rachel Sakla

Nova Southeastern University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Psychiatry, University of South Carolina Greenville School of Medicine / Prisma Health

Areas of interest in CL Psychiatry? 

I love all things CL but am most excited to learn more about critical care psychiatry, psycho-oncology, delirium and ethics during my year in fellowship. I also have an interest in potential applications of neuromodulation within CL.

Program Strengths / Why did you choose UNC for fellowship?

Dr. Scheidler and Dr. Rosenstein both spoke of coaching and mentorship on the day of my interview, and I knew this was the place for me. I could see myself being happy here while expanding my knowledge of the field.

What do you enjoy about living in the Triangle?

Since moving to the Triangle area I have appreciated the proximity and quality of everything a busy mom (of family) could need including groceries, take-out, childcare, parks, and museums! Everything you need is within 5-10min (depending on where you live) which has been a game changer for us as a family.

Fun fact about you?

I love teaching swimming!


Christie Richardson

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia Campus

Psychiatry, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of interest in CL Psychiatry? My areas of interest include transplant and women’s psychiatry as well as collaborative/integrated care. I also really enjoy teaching and mentoring residents and medical students. 

Program Strengths / Why you chose UNC for fellowship? I chose UNC for fellowship for the wide variety of specialties available to learn from and the excitement for CL psychiatry from the fellows, attendings, and leadership. I really enjoyed joining in on the case conference during the interview day and could see that everyone was interested in learning more and collaborating among specialties. These aspects were exactly what I was looking for in a fellowship program! 

What do you enjoy about living in the Triangle? I have visited the Triangle many times since matching at UNC and love the lively atmosphere being so close to a college campus. There is an abundance of restaurants to choose from (I’m a foodie) and parks to walk my dog. 

Fun fact about you? I practiced Japanese archery (Kyudo) in Georgia for over ten years prior to residency. I learned during this training that I really enjoy teaching and often my husband and I would run teaching seminars for beginners. 



Carolyn Usanis

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Psychiatry, Duke University Hospital

Areas of interest in CL Psychiatry?

My interests in CL are broad, but I’m particularly interested in autoimmune encephalitis, catatonia, and TBI.

Program Strengths / Why you chose UNC for fellowship?

Being at Duke for the last few years, I was excited to learn that there was a top-notch CL program locally, at UNC.  I loved every minute of my interview day and was particularly impressed by the individualization and flexibility of the program, the dynamic faculty, and the collegiality displayed between fellows, residents, and faculty.

What do you enjoy about living in the Triangle.

The triangle is essentially a network of large college towns (with a cumulative population of over 2 million), and thus has all the cultural benefits that such universities offer.  It also has great cuisine, an affordable standard of living, and mild winters.  I also love the proximity to both the mountains and the ocean.  But what I probably love most about the area is all the trees; it’s like living in an urban forest.

Fun fact about you?

Before going to medical school, I pursued a career in the performing arts as an actor and. dancer.  It’s how I met my husband, and he is still a professional actor, so I get to keep some proximity to that world.